Tony Blair has outlined the fight against terrorism. Rightly, he explains that it is a war of ideas more than a war of weapons (maybe it’s ultimately a confrontation with symptoms).
In the end it is by the power of argument, debate, true religious faith and true legitimate politics that we will defeat this threat. What we are confronting here is an evil ideology. It is not a clash of civilizations – all civilized people, Muslim or other, feel revulsion at it. But it is a global struggle and it is a battle of ideas, hearts and minds, both within Islam and outside it.
This is the battle that must be won, a battle not just about the terrorist methods, but their views. Not just about their barbaric acts, but their barbaric ideas. Not only what they do, but what they think and the thinking they would impose on others.
When you think of the devastated psychic worlds of those who can be recruited into these suicide missions, we’re really talking less about a war and more about a rescue mission.